Chanthaboune says she can’t read and knit at the same time. I’ll bet part of that is the fact that it is hard to keep the book open while you read. I am currently reading Lemon Meringue Pie Murder, a paperback, while knitting the complex cable-patterned Siv from Viking Patterns for Knitting. It is a challenge to cable while holding open a paperback, especially if you are too lazy to get up and find the cabling needle. You have to do things like balancing the book in your lap and holding it open with your elbow while knitting with both hands, possibly missing the last two lines of each page where your elbow covers the words.

Publishers should make special spiral-bound versions of all their books for knitters. Then the book would politely stay open while we knit, making the whole thing much easier. Until they do, many knitters will have to make do with watching movies or TV instead of reading while they knit.

I am watching “Sex and the City.” I didn’t see it the first time around on HBO, so I am catching up by watching it two episodes at a time on TBS. This is especially appropriate for a cyberknitter because the online magazine, knitty, is calling its current issue “Sex and the knitty”http://www.knitty.com . If you have ever wanted to knit yourself a garter belt or a specially pretty nightie, you can go to the link and find a pattern. You can also read some rather unconvincing articles explaining what knitting and sex have in common. My own feeling on this is that no activity involving sharp sticks should be attempted in conjunction with sex.

“Sex and the City” is a well-written, well-acted, well-made saga about four apparently intelligent women who act like sluts and then regret it. Over and over and over. They have many excuses and explanations for why their lives don’t work out the way they want, none of which include the fact that they act like sluts. This is interesting, because the writers apparently are doing this on purpose. Many TV shows show what seems to me to be irresponsible sexual behavior, but present it as normal and even positive behavior having no negative consequences. That is not the case with “Sex and the City.”

For example, in one episode the narrator is mistaken for a prostitute and is upset by it. She has slept with a complete stranger and been paid for it, which the viewer can immediately recognize as something characteristic of prostitutes. The writers don’t fool around with it and offer some kind of back story or extenuating circumstance, they just lay it out. But the character doesn’t notice the source of her problem. She seems to think there is something about popular culture, or the man in question, or possibly about New York, that has caused her innocent behavior to be misinterpreted. In this, and in other episodes as well, the women are portrayed as having hurt feelings, uncertainties about themselves, and various other forms of angst, all immediately and obviously traceable to their dumb sexual choices — but they don’t realize it. It will be interesting to see whether the characters ever, at any point in the series, consider that maybe they are being treated like sluts because that is how they behave.

In any case, it won’t interfere with your cabling.